As long as I can remember I have loved being up and out early on New Year's Day when most people are still recovering from the previous night's festivities.
And so it was this morning. Winslow and I headed out to Fort Pulaski even with the threat of rain and a brisk and fairly cold wind.
It was wonderful. We were the only ones out there - well, besides countless birds and a few beautiful deer. It was so peaceful and it got me thinking about new beginnings and new things in general.
At first I thought that I really like all new things, but then - on closer inspection - I realized that I get most excited about something new that has potential for more. For example, a new year is just waiting to be lived and is full of surprises (good ones, please!).
A new empty journal has the potential for a beautiful story, for art, for transformation.
A new year-long art class I am taking (Life Book 2014 at willowing.ning.com) is starting fresh today and the potential for new art, making new friends and learning new things about myself is huge.
Maybe that's why my blog is called Metamorphosis. I love that cocoon stage that signals a new beginning, a change, and an unfolding of something magical.
It's part of having an artistic soul, I think. As an artist I am much more interested in the process while I am creating than I am in the finished piece. And that always starts with a fresh canvas or a blank piece of paper where the possibilities are endless.
I guess the same goes for me as a person. Or for any of us - we are forever becoming, changing and growing. Even if we think we stay the same, we never do. Everything is always changing and therefore full of potential.
So much for my ramblings on this first day of 2014! May this be a magical year for all of us, filled with goodness, peace and great joy!